Amazon chooses South Africa for its Headquarters in Africa
Nigeria, Africa’s largest economy has again been ignored by another global tech giant, Amazon by building it’s headquarters for the continent in South Africa, Nigeria’s closest economic competitor.
This is coming barely a week after Twitter revealed plans to build its African HQ in Ghana, a smaller West African country, a development that sparked outrage among Nigerians in the social media space.
By building robust presence in Africa with its HQ in Cape Town, South Africa, Amazon will be serving the continent and it’s 1.2 billion people from its new headquarters in the Mother City.
The City of Cape Town has approved the R4 billion River Club mixed-use development.
There will be almost 60,000 square metres of office space with Amazon as the anchor tenant.
The new development will also feature shops, a 200-room hotel, a gym, restaurants, and conference facilities.
The developers will employ 5,239 people in the construction phase while the project is expected to create 19,000 indirect jobs.
Africa Melane interviewed Alderman James Vos, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic Opportunities and Asset Management at the City of Cape Town.
Reacting to the development, James Vos said: “Amazon already services North America, the UK, and Germany from Cape Town… We expect lots of additional jobs.
“It positions Cape Town as a destination of choice for IT advancement… It will attract other tech companies to Cape Town, the tech capital of Africa. We employ more than 40,000 people in the IT sector.
“It’s a perfect opportunity to broaden the Cape Town brand… It makes sense for Amazon to choose Cape Town… With Amazon headquarters, we can expect many thousands of new jobs for Capetonians.”